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Friday Faves

Friday Faves

It has been a bit since I’ve done a Friday Faves post, but I have a bunch of random little things I’d love to share. I talked about this a little back when I got it, but I just started using this Gel Nail Light […]

What I’ve been reading

What I’ve been reading

I have been out of the habit of sharing books here, but I want to start getting back into it, so without further ado, here are a few things I have been reading/listening to. I have been a Jasper Fforde fan since reading Shades of […]

Taking a break- tips

So I have been a little MIA around here and on Instagram lately and I have to tell you, it has been great. I love creating content connecting with my community, but sometimes you just need a break. I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and uninterested in my blogging duties so I gave myself the gift of a break.

Over the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed long evenings on the patio now that it is daylight longer, deep conversations with my husband, and quality time with family and friends. (Oh, and wine) I took a break from waking up early and made myself and my happiness a priority. As an introvert I crave quality time alone or with a few loved ones and this little blogging break gave me that. I feel like my soul has been refilled and now I am at a place where I am ready to share again.

I wanted to take this time to talk about the positive aspects of stepping away from certain responsibilities now and then. Obviously you can’t just quit your job or get rid of your kids, but there are ways to take a step back from obligations that can allow you time to reenergize and really be the best person you can be.

Here are a few ways that may or may not work for you:

Take a staycation Take a few days off of work and just relax. Use this time to turn your phone off and read, or catch up on all the projects around the house. Both will help you refuel and be ready for the days ahead. Just need alone time? Take a mini solo vacation and relax!

Take a break from a activity or volunteer position Take a season off of your sports team or your volunteer position at the shelter. These groups need you at your best and will understand if you need to take a break. Set up a date to return so they know when they can rely on you again.

Say no to additional work responsibilities This is a hard one. It seems we are programed to always ask for and say yes to additional projects and responsibilities at work. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, say no. Explain that you have a lot on your plate and that taking on an additional task would mean that nothing would be done to them quality level you would want. Work stress has a sneaky way of making its way into our homes and cutting back on stress in the office can really make a positive affect at home. Work an hourly job? Decline opportunities for additional hours and overtime. Your time is valuable to you both to use and for downtime.

Take a social media fast In his new book Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport talks about taking a month long fast from social media. This is a great chance to reevaluate goals, find your purpose, and get back some of the hours that have been lost to the scroll.

So those are a few ways you could add a break into your life. If you too a break would be spend time relaxing or would you use time to get things done?

DIY Painted Tray

A few weeks ago I purchased a new coffee table for my living room. After setting it all up I realized that it needed a little something to brighten it up. After looking at images on Pinterest and Instagram I decided what I needed was […]

Day Designer Flagship Planner – review

I’ve been a fan of Day Designer products for years, but I had never owned one of their flagship products, just their Blue Sky for Target line. (Love those.) This year I finally got around to purchasing one of their flagship daily planners and I […]

My favorite budget hair styling products

My favorite budget hair styling products

I’ve been sharing less style/beauty stuff here on the blog, but I wanted to jump in and share some budget beauty faves for #ThriftyThursday. Please note all links are affiliate links. I receive a small commission from sales from these links.
First up is my Holy Grail straight hair product. This L’Oreal Sleek It Iron Straight Spray is amazing. I use this before blow drying whenever I plan to wear straight hair. My hair turns out silky smooth and I only have to touch it up with a flat iron.
Next up, also by L’Oreal is their Blow Dry it Quick Dry Primer Spray. When I had long hair this was a godsend to cut dry time and add heat protectant. I still use it with short hair, but my dry time has cut down significantly.
As any good woman does, I love me some dry shampoo. I have tried tons of brands and my favorite budget option is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. I love the one with the Warm Sugar scent. It does the job without leaving residue or the heavy “I’m wearing dry shampoo” feeling other brands tend to leave in your hair.
Last on the list is the Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray. I love this spray for clean hair days before I curl or braid to give my hair a little extra grab. It is also a great light hairspray when regular hairspray would be too heavy a hold. So those are my current budget favorites. I am looking for a budget option dupe for Kenra Volume 25 hairspray and Aquage Uplifting Foam. Have a suggestion? Let me know!

Cleaning out your phone

I am going to be honest with you, if my phone was a bedroom it would be that room that nobody dare go in. It would have clothes strewn around the floor, the bed would be unmade, and you would wonder how long those three […]

Using a digital calendar

If you read my post about my 2019 planner plans, you would have learned that for the first time I am adding a digital calendar to the mix. I have always been a pen and paper kind of girl, but lately I’ve been looking for an easy way to have all the details at my fingertips all the time. To achieve this I have started using Google Calendar to create a calendar that I have access to at home, work, and on the go. With it, I can leave my work planner at work, my home planner at home, and still know what I am doing and when. Will this replace my planners? No. I love my planners for to-dos, notes, and more; the Google Calendar is just a place to save information and dates so my schedule is always easy to find when making plans.

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So how do I use it?

I love that Google Calendar is available in both the web and on my phone. I keep a tab open on both my home and work computers with the calendar so I can quickly add work and personal events as they come up. This is linked to my phone, so when I am out and about I can quickly check my phone and see if I am available for an event or get-together.

I am changing the way I record events and appointments a little bit. Before, I would wait until I was next to my planner and then add events there. Now, as soon as I receive an invitation in the mail or schedule a meeting, I add it to my digital calendar. Then when I sit down with my planner on Sunday I add all events for the week there. This had led to me skipping using the monthly layout in my personal planner which is working for me. (Now I use it for blog planning.)

The other upside of this is the sharing options; with Google Calendar you can share calendars with others. Right now I am not using this feature, but in the future I’d love to set this up to share with my husband. This feature would also be great for parents of teenagers.

 

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I started this venture using the iCal app on my phone with the google calendar synced, but I have started using the actual Google Calendar App to access my calendar on my phone and I love it. This app gives a full view of the month and the events whereas the iCal App just shows dots on days you have calendar items. I am also considering trying out Fantastical which is a paid app ($5) that is said to be a much better calendar interface along with an great watch app.  I will report back once I have tried that one out.

I know many people have been using phone and digital calendars for years, but I wanted to take a few moments to share how I have integrated this style of “planning” with my planner. I know this sounds super simple, but it is new for me and really working well.

 

Do you use a digital calendar?  Which one? How to you integrate that with your planner?

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Drinking more water (part 2)

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about tips for drinking more water and I feel like it is time to talk about it again. I have seen a ton of people both in person and online talking about how they want to […]